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Marcus Coates (b. 1968) is an artist who specializes in projects that involve the natural world. Graduating from the Royal Academy in the early Nineties, by the millennium he was...
The premise of last night’s world première made so much sense that one almost wondered why nobody had done it before now. Commissioned by the Royal Opera House and in its...
We think we know it when we see it. But how, pray, do we define beauty? The ancient Greeks thought they had the measure of it. In the 4th century BC, the “chief forms of beauty,”...
If the mark of a good documentary is that it teaches you something new, then the awkwardly-titled Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women was a very good documentary indeed. For...
Joshua Harmon’s provocative 2012 piece is the Rocky of comedies. His evenly matched sparring partners, a pair of viscerally antagonistic cousins confined in close quarters after a...
Johann Christian Bach’s Amadis de Gaule, which is receiving its first London run this week in a vivid and charming production at University College London Opera this week,...
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